How to Disable IDM Updates to Prevent Notifications

Fojap - Whenever there's a new feature from IDM, users are often notified to update promptly. However, this can be perceived as disruptive by some users. Consequently, many prefer to disable IDM updates to avoid these notifications. "Does that mean IDM can't be updated?" Not at all, I'll also include how to update it.

Aside from the disruptive notifications, IDM updates can also trigger fake serial number prompts, making it a suitable choice to disable them.

How to Remove IDM Update Notifications

As quoted from Stakaoka - There are several methods to remove IDM update notifications, including:

Registry Edit

The first method to disable IDM updates is through Registry Editor. With this Windows tool, we can easily eliminate update notifications on IDM.

Here's how:

Firstly, open Run by pressing Windows + R keys.

Then, type regedit and press Enter.

How to Disable IDM Updates to Prevent Notifications

Once in Registry Editor, navigate to Computer \ HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ DownloadManager, then locate LstCheck.

How to Disable IDM Updates to Prevent Notifications

Once found, double click on LstCheck file. Change the Value Data in the highlighted area to 99.

How to Disable IDM Updates to Prevent Notifications

Finally, click OK to save the settings.

Done.

After following the above steps, please restart your computer or laptop for the registry settings to take effect.

Rename Files

How to Disable IDM Updates to Prevent Notifications

The files mentioned above need to be renamed to prevent IDM updates from running automatically. Here's how:

Firstly, navigate to C:\ Program Files (x86) \ Internet Download Manager.

The first file to be changed is IDMGrHlp, rename it to idmhelp-old. Then, restart your laptop or computer.

After the restart, go back to the IDM installation folder, rename idmBroker to IDMGrHlp. Then, restart again.

Done.

If those files are not found, please search in C:\ Program Files \ Internet Download Manager. Essentially, if the IDM installation folder is not in Program Files, it will be in Program Files (x86).

Manual Update

As mentioned earlier, even if you've disabled auto updates for IDM, you can still manually update IDM. Here's how:

Firstly, open your IDM application.

Then, click Help, then select Check for Updates.

How to Disable IDM Updates to Prevent Notifications

Next, a window will appear like the one below if there's an update available. Click Update Now to update to the latest version.

How to Disable IDM Updates to Prevent Notifications

Once the update is successful, it will look like this.

How to Disable IDM Updates to Prevent Notifications

Done.

After updating, you don't need to manually activate IDM, as the old IDM extensions will automatically connect to Google Chrome or Mozilla.

Those are some methods you can use to disable IDM updates. Hopefully, this article has been informative and broadened our knowledge.

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